I miss the numerous Philippine bananas specially saba which is a firm cooking banana that can be prepared either sweet or savory. I always keep a packet or 2 of frozen saba purchased from the Filipino grocery. Two weeks ago I found intensely green bananas very close in appearance to the Filipino saba. I bought a dozen pieces, kept them in brown lunch bags and the next day they turned pale yellow and completely ripened and edible in 3 days. I cooked a few in syrup that I diced for halo-halo, made banana-cue which is fried in oil and brown sugar *yum*, and the rest I added to pochero (potage), a soupy meat and chicken dish similar to the Spanish Cocido. These saba-like bananas are a little bit starchier and softer when cooked than ours but acceptable in flavor and a good substitute for the frozen saba in case they become unavailable at the Filipino grocery..
pochero, a soupy boiled meat and vegetable dish served with tomato sauce